Thursday 20th July: The End

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Reflection

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‘Take a rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop’ Ovid
Take time to think – it is the source of power
Take time to play – it is the secret of perpetual youth
Take time to read – it is the fountain of wisdom
Take time to pray – it is the greatest power on earth
Take time to love and to be loved – it is a God-given privilege
Take time to be friendly – it is the road to happiness
Take time to laugh – it is the music of the soul
Take time to give – it is too short a day to be selfish
Take time to work – it is the price of success
Take time to do good – it is the key to heaven
(Pilgrimage, by J. Smith-Cameron)

Prayer
Lord we give thanks for the beginnings of the summer holidays. Be with us in all that we do and keep us safe from all harm. May we return with renewed hope and vigour.

Amen

Dear Father in heaven,

Thank you for the gift of life you have given us. Thank you for the people you have made us to be. Help us to live our lives to the full.

Open our hearts to receive your love so that we, in return, can show love and respect to everyone in our school community, our families and our friends.

Send us your Holy Spirit so we can achieve excellence in our learning and do our personal best in all areas of school life.

May we always live, love and learn through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Wednesday 19th July: Finishing Together

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Reflection

At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, one of Britain’s athletes – Derek Redmond – was running in the semi-final of the 400 metre race. As he rounded the curve he could see the finishing line. Suddenly a very sharp pain in the back of his leg caused him to collapse on the racetrack. It was a torn right hamstring.

Medical people ran towards him, but Derek Redmond struggled to his feet and started hopping on one leg. He was determined to finish the race, even though he was in great pain and the other run- ners had passed the finishing line. As he got a few metres down the track, a man came out of the stands and ran past a security guard and onto the track. It was Jim Redmond, Derek’s father. “You don’t have to do this”, he told his son. “Yes I do”, said the athlete. “Well then, we’ll finish it together,” said his father.

With his arm around his father’s neck, Derek hopped around the rest of his lane to the finishing line. By this time the people in the crowd were on their feet, clapping for the courage and the spirit both of Derek Redmond and of his father.

Prayer

In times of difficulty, Lord, may we support others with the same care and concern as we would like to experience ourselves. May we alway remember that you are walking by our side to support us soon our life’s journey at all times. In Jesus name,

Amen.

Dear Father in heaven,

Thank you for the gift of life you have given us. Thank you for the people you have made us to be. Help us to live our lives to the full.

Open our hearts to receive your love so that we, in return, can show love and respect to everyone in our school community, our families and our friends.

Send us your Holy Spirit so we can achieve excellence in our learning and do our personal best in all areas of school life.

May we always live, love and learn through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Tuesday 18th July: Heavenly Words

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Shown is a handwritten card containing a Bible verse that Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin planned to broadcast back to Earth during a lunar Holy Communion service and is among items offered in a space-related auction in Dallas, Texas, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Shown is a handwritten card containing a Bible verse written by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin 

Reflection

The 20th July was a momentous day in 1969 because TV pictures showed two people walking on the moon for the first time.

Apollo 11 had blasted off from Earth four days earlier. On this day hundreds of millions of television viewers across the world watched as their lunar module separated from the command module of Apollo 11, which continued to orbit the moon. The scenes, beamed back to Earth, showed the moon’s surface be- coming larger until the lunar module came to rest on an area of land called the Tranquillity Sea.

Neil Armstrong’s words to the Command Centre back in Houston, Texas, were heard by millions:

“Houston. This is Tranquility Base. The Eagle has landed!”

A little later Neil Armstrong descended the ladder. As he left the last rung of the ladder, he said:

“That’s one small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind.”

They collected 21 kg (47 lbs) of rock samples to return to the Earth, and they planted the American flag on the moon, saying that they landed there in peace and for all mankind. They also left be- hind on the moon a small sealed capsule which contains the words of one of the prayers of the Bible. It is Psalm 8, and we’ll use that as our prayer today:

Prayer

Lord, our God and King, your greatness is seen throughout the earth.
When I gaze at the heavens which your fingers have formed, and look at the moon and the stars which you have set there, I realise how small we are
in the majesty of your creation.

Yet you treasure us above all that you have made, and you give us control
over all the works of your hand – animals both wild and tame, birds in the air,
and the creatures of the sea. Lord, our God and King, your greatness is seen throughout the earth.

Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Monday 17th July: Children of Light

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Reflection

On this day in 1918 Nelson Mandela was born. On 10th May 1994 he became the first democratically-elected President of multi-racial South Africa. In his inaugural speech as South African President, Nelson Mandela said:

“Our biggest fear is not that we are inadequate; our biggest fearis that we are powerful beyond measure.It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves: ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.

Your ‘playing small’ doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just within some of us – it is within everyone!

And as we let our own light shine, we consciously give to other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Prayer

Lord Jesus,
bring your love to our lives in a new way today
so that any fear that we might have is driven away,
knowing that “perfect love casts out fear”.
Then your light will shine more brightly in us, and others will be able to see the good things that are done in your name.

Help us to grow more aware
of the love and respect and dignity that you give us
in calling us your “friends”.

We ask that your Spirit acts in us so that we discover
and take pride
in who we really are.

Make us credible witnesses of your love
so that othersmay more readily share
in your love and your light,
you who are the light of the world.

Amen.

Dear Father in heaven,

Thank you for the gift of life you have given us. Thank you for the people you have made us to be. Help us to live our lives to the full.

Open our hearts to receive your love so that we, in return, can show love and respect to everyone in our school community, our families and our friends.

Send us your Holy Spirit so we can achieve excellence in our learning and do our personal best in all areas of school life.

May we always live, love and learn through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Friday 14th July: Do You Believe?

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Louis Pasteur

Reflection

Wine-producing areas of France lost money whenever their wine went sour. Louis Pasteur discovered that this was due to the presence of micro-organisms, often called bacteria or “germs”. He showed that heating sugar solutions before using them would kill off any bacte- ria. Louis Pasteur also showed that milk can be prevented from going sour if it is first heated to a high temperature under pressure. We now call this “pasteurised milk”, after his name.

A 9-year old boy, Joseph Meister, was brought to him, having been bitten badly by a rabid dog. Pasteur injected him with a vaccine of a weakened form of the killer disease, produced from the bodies of infected animals. It was on this day in 1885 that young Joseph Meister recovered from the rabies that otherwise would have killed him.

Before Pasteur’s discoveries about germs, 6 people died out of every 10 who had operations. He started the use of disinfectants to kill germs in operating theatres. The name of Louis Pasteur became widely known throughout France, and he received national honours for his scientific achievements.

One day he was travelling by train and was reading the Bible to himself. The man who happened to be sitting next to Louis Pasteur did not know who he was, but saw that he was reading about Jesus feeding 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish. The man said to him: “You don’t believe that story, do you?”
“Yes, I do believe it,” said Pasteur. The other man, not knowing who he was speaking to, said, “Well, I don’t believe it. I’m a scientist, you see, and that story doesn’t fit in with science.”

At that point the train slowed and the man was about to get off. He said goodbye, giving his name. He was more than surprised to hear in response, “And my name is Louis Pasteur.” The man, claiming to be a scientist, had been very dismissive of the religious beliefs of Louis Pasteur, one of the world’s greatest scientists.

Prayer

Lord, I ask for the gifts
of knowledge and wisdom and understanding. What I pray for I intend to work at, so that I may develop an open mind,a thirst for knowledge, and a wisdom that makes good use of my knowledge and experience. I know that any gifts are useless if I do not also have love and concern for others, and so I ask that you inspire me to live in such a way that I am caring and compassionate and promote understanding between people.
May others respect me, Lord, as much as I respect them.

Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Thursday 13th July: A Choice to Start the Day

The theme of this school week is: Choices.

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Scripture

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life.” – John 3:36

Reflection

No matter how many bad choices you may have made in the past, you can be redeemed by one good choice – the choice to surrender your life to Christ and follow Him.

One author writes: ‘Ever wonder why there were two crosses next to Christ? Or why Jesus was in the center? Those two crosses symbolize one of God’s greatest gifts – the gift of choice. The two criminals have much in common: convicted by the same system, condemned to the same death, surrounded by the same crowd, and equally close to the same Christ. In fact, they began with the same sarcasm; each said cruel things to Jesus. But one of them changed. He said, “‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise’” (Luke 23:42-43)

We rejoice that this thief could change, but we dare not forget the one who didn’t. God honours us with the freedom to choose where we will spend eternity. We have never been given a greater privilege than that of choice. Think about the thief who repented. Though we know little about him, we know this: in the end, all his bad choices were redeemed by a solitary good choice. He chose Christ!’ And you can make that choice today too. ‘Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life.’

Spend a moment in silence. What do you choose today?

Prayer

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Wednesday 12th July: Choosing to Live Well

The theme of this school week is: Choices.

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Reflection

A fishmerman had landed his catch of fish, cleaned his nets, and was resting by the water’s edge, watching the sea, thinking about his day, and enjoying life.
A rich man came strolling by. He could see that the fisherman looked relaxed and peaceful, but asked him: “Why are you not working?”
The fisherman was surprised at being asked the question, and replied: “I’ve just finished unloading my catch for the day.”
“But you’ve time to go out and get more fish”, said the rich man.
“Why should I do that?” asked the fisherman.

“So that you can sell them and make more money”, explained the rich man.
“But what would I do with the money?” asked the fisherman.
“You could buy a bigger boat,” the rich man said.
“But why?” asked the fisherman.
“Obviously you could catch more fish and make even more money. Then you’d be rich,” replied the rich man.
“Why would I want to be rich?” asked the poor fisherman.
“Then you’d be able to sit back and enjoy life!” remarked the rich man.
“But that’s exactly what I’m doing now” said the fisherman, sitting by the water’s edge.

Pope John Paul II has said:

“It is not wrong to want to live better; what is wrong is a style of life which is presumed to be better when it is directed towards ‘having’ rather than ‘being’.”

What things am I chasing that I think will bring me happiness? Do I ever chase God and ask Him to bring me happiness?

Prayer

Lord,
I do not want to be selfish.
I do realise how important it is
to value and appreciate myself, and I know
that I need genuine love for myself if I am fully to love others.
Remind me of the importance of keeping time and space and quiet for myself,
and remind me to respect the personal needs of others, too.
Lord God,
you who call me by my name, I thank you for making me who I am.
Inspire me to grow as a genuine and sincere person with a positive attitude,
right values, and a generous spirit. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Tuesday 10th July: St Benedict

Today is the feast day of St Benedict, patron of Europe and our Year 9 Tutor Group! Happy feast day!

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Reflection

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Prayer by St Benedict

Gracious and Holy Father, give us the wisdom to discover You,the intelligence to understand You, the diligence to seek after You, the patience to wait for You, eyes to behold You, a heart to meditate upon You, and a life to proclaim You, through the power of the Spirit of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

 

Dear Father in heaven,

Thank you for the gift of life you have given us. Thank you for the people you have made us to be. Help us to live our lives to the full.

Open our hearts to receive your love so that we, in return, can show love and respect to everyone in our school community, our families and our friends.

Send us your Holy Spirit so we can achieve excellence in our learning and do our personal best in all areas of school life.

May we always live, love and learn through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Monday 10th July: Choices

The theme of this school week is: Choices.

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Reflection

Spend some time in quite to think about some of the choices you have made recently. What effect did they have on your life? Good or bad.

Let’s pray that God can help us to make wise choices that will lead us to living life to the full with Him.

Prayer

Lord, I try to make good choices. I desire to make good choices. However, sometimes I am weak, I slip, I fail, I am unwise. Thank You for Your grace and forgiveness. I am forever grateful. I pray for Your wisdom to guide me and that I can make good decisions for You and for me and those I love. In Jesus name,

Amen.

Dear Father in heaven,

Thank you for the gift of life you have given us. Thank you for the people you have made us to be. Help us to live our lives to the full.

Open our hearts to receive your love so that we, in return, can show love and respect to everyone in our school community, our families and our friends.

Send us your Holy Spirit so we can achieve excellence in our learning and do our personal best in all areas of school life.

May we always live, love and learn through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Friday 7th July: Our Faith Being Challenged

The theme of this school week is: Challenge.

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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In 1980 Archbishop Romero was shot dead as he was celebrating Mass in his cathedral in the capital city of the Central American country of El Salvador. He was killed because he complained about the treatment of the poor by the government and army.

We can call to mind that the word “martyr” is a Greek word meaning “witness”.
On this day in 1979, just 9 months before he was killed, Archbishop Oscar Romero talked about the witness of Christians, and he even used the phrase “if they kill your bishop”:

“If some day they take away from us our Catholic radio station,
if they close down our newspaper,
if they don’t allow us to speak, if they kill all the priests and the bishop, too,
and you are left- a people without priests – then each one of you must be God’s microphone,
a messenger, a prophet.

The Church will always exist
even if there is only one baptised person. That one baptised person would be responsible before the world for holding up high the banner
of the Lord’s truth and justice.”

Have I ever been challenged for something I believe in? Have I ever been challenged for my faith? Or have I challenged other about their faith?
Prayer

Lord our God,
we pray for the strength to hold to our convictions.

We pray, too,
for the courage and determination to stand
with those who suffer from injustice.

In all that we do, Lord,
inspire us to act justly,
love tenderly,
and walk humbly with you, our God.

Amen.

Dear Father in heaven,

Thank you for the gift of life you have given us. Thank you for the people you have made us to be. Help us to live our lives to the full.

Open our hearts to receive your love so that we, in return, can show love and respect to everyone in our school community, our families and our friends.

Send us your Holy Spirit so we can achieve excellence in our learning and do our personal best in all areas of school life.

May we always live, love and learn through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen